PPST Writing Test: Practice & Study Guide

The PPST Writing exam measures your understanding of grammar, structure, mechanics and essay organization to determine your aptitude before enrolling in a teacher education program or obtaining teacher licensing. Use these engaging videos and self-assessment quizzes to prepare you for the PPST Writing exam. 

About the Course

Schools use the PPST Writing test, or Pre-Professional Skills Test: Writing, to determine applicants' readiness for teacher education programs. States also use the test for teacher licensing. The entire test consists of both a 38-minute section with 44 multiple-choice questions and a single essay section that needs to be completed in 30 minutes. The test is offered in computer-based and paper formats and contains questions that ask you to identify errors in sentences and select from a list of expressions. The essay portion of the test gives you a topic, and you'll need to write a compelling argument supporting or opposing the statement and provide reasoning and examples for your viewpoint.

Course Chapter Objective
PPST Writing: Grammatical Relationships Get tips on proofreading and review the basic elements of written English, including types of nouns, verbs, descriptive words, tense, agreements and contractions
PPST Writing: Structural Relationships Identify active and passive voice, learn how to write parallel sentences, and find errors in comparison, coordination, negation and subordination.
PPST Writing: Word Choice Determine what makes an idiomatic expression and recognize wrong word choice and redundancy in written prose.
PPST Writing: Mechanics Master the use of correct punctuation, including commas, colons, semicolons and apostrophes. Review capitalization rules in writing.
PPST Writing: Focusing Your Essay Get advice on writing a thesis statement, staying on topic for a timed essay, presenting strong arguments, and choosing an audience for your essay.
PPST Writing: Essay Organization These lessons guide you in putting together an outline, setting up the structure, transitioning ideas, and writing the body of your essay.
PPST Writing: Developing Ideas Learn how to maintain a line of thought as you write engaging arguments, comparisons and paragraphs while avoiding logical fallacies.
PPST Writing: Language and Sentence Structure Find out what makes writing good and practice writing clear, complete and logical sentences. Get tips on fixing writing mistakes.

PPST Writing Test - Preparation and Registration

To prepare you for the PPST Writing test, we offer brief video lessons in each subject area of the exam. The chapter on grammatical relationships has videos covering types of nouns, verbs, pronouns, descriptive words, agreements and tense. Other chapters include structural relationships, proper word choice, mechanics and punctuation, focusing and organizing an essay, developing ideas, and using effective language and sentence structure. There's a corresponding quiz with every video lesson, giving you the chance to gauge your understanding of the material.

Registration for the test is available online, though if you require special accommodations (such as for a disability or language barrier), you'll need to mail in your registration form and other documentation. If you're taking the computerized test, you'll receive 30 minutes of instruction on how it works before you begin. The PPST Writing test is offered continually, though you'll have to wait 21 days if you'd like to re-test. You can qualify for a fee waiver if you're a low-income college student who's currently in school and is required to take the test. A limited number of waivers are available, and you can only receive one waiver per year. When you show up on test day, you'll need your test ticket and photo ID.

PPST Writing Test - Scoring

Depending on the format of your test, you'll receive your scores 2-4 weeks after testing. You can call in for your scores before then for an additional fee, and three free score reports will be sent to any schools or licensing agencies you specify at registration. You're scored only based on correctly answered questions, with no point deductions for wrong answers or unanswered questions. The passing score depends on the institution requiring the exam, but your report will show you what the qualifying score is for your state. You'll also be able to see the score range for the test achieved by the 25th-75th percentile.

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